We have WindowsNT network. We use a DHCP server to assign IP addresses to the Win boxes. We also have one Mac running OS8 (Open Transport). The Mac has an Ethernet card and we would like to get the Mac connected to the WinNT Exchange server for email. Microsoft's Technet says this is possible, providing an IP address can be assigned to the Mac. We successfully get an IP address for the Mac using the method Technet recommends. However, we have no DNS, so the Mac must use a Hosts file to define the name resolution for the mail server. The Exchange server is called "server2" (no additional domains in the address) and has a four-part IP address. Open Transport doesn't appear to be able to resolve the simple name "server2" to a valid IP address.
The question is - how must the Hosts file be configured to make this work? It obviously hinges around how the Hosts file is interpreted by the Mac when trying to contact the Exchange server.